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Chilean fish exports total 3.8bn in ten months; salmon the main item with 1.2bn

Saturday, January 12th 2013 - 18:18 UTC
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Chilean exports of fishery products and aquaculture in the first 10 months of 2012 reached 3.8 billion dollars,1% over the same period in 2011. But the volume of exports increased 11.3%, according to the latest stats from Chile’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Under-Secretariat (Subpesca).

Sales of frozen products and fishmeal were the most significant representing 48.9% and 24.1% of the total volume. This was followed by frozen products, 11.7% and fish oil, 6.1%.

Subpesca stats show the main export item was Atlantic salmon, with 1.2bn dollars, 31.6% of the total value of exports. This was followed by rainbow trout, Pacific salmon and boneless pelagic fish, among others.

Chilean products were sent to 107 countries, of which nine concentrated 79.4%, among which Japan, US, Brazil, China and Spain.

Regarding the extractive sector, accumulated value of fish exports (517.000 tons) between January and October 2012 reached 1.07bn dollars, a 6.9% drop compared to the same period of the previous year.

In the first 10 months 253.130 tons of fishmeal, (345.3 million dollars) were exported and a year earlier the volume was 260.570 tons and 389.2 million dollars. Main fishmeal markets: China, Japan, Korea and Germany.

Exports of frozen seafood products totalled 484.6 million dollars, down 5.9% compared to the same period a year ago. Main markets: Nigeria, Japan and US, which accounted for 19.5%, 16.3% and 16% respectively.

As for canned products, sales in the first 10 months of 2012 totalled 71 million dollars, 12.8% down from a year earlier.

Summing up aquaculture accounted for two thirds of total exports export between January and October last year, with 531.000 tons and 2.73bn dollars. (FIS/MP).-


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  • redpoll

    Surprised the FI hasnt got into the salmon market. Any idea why not? I do appreciate that some environmental problems have occurred in other countries but I think they have mostly been solved

    Jan 12th, 2013 - 08:56 pm 0
  • The Chilean perspective

    Chilean salmon from the pristine waters of the south is by any measure the best tasting health food a human could eat. Loaded with omega 3 and full of deliciousness this delight should not be overlooked by anyone who wants to look after themselves. Try steaming cutlets wrapped in oven paper, first mix olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and fresh parsley add liberally to the cutlets them wrap them and steam for 10 minutes. Serve with salad or mash potato, or maybe try tabbouleh. MMMMMMMM mighty good eating!!!!

    Jan 12th, 2013 - 11:29 pm 0
  • redpoll

    Chileno: Couldnt agree with you more on the culinary qualities of salmon
    . In UK its the best value for money you can buy but here in ROU its a luxury item on the menu and difficult to buy in the market so not many folk have tasted it. If it was marketed properly and at a reasonable price a lot more folk would get a taste for it to your benefit

    Jan 13th, 2013 - 12:32 am 0
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